Government says we should all go fishing

Craig Barrett with fish, picture Mike MageeIf you’re angling to catch a chubb, the Environment Agency reckons it has got just the thing for you.

In conjunction with the Angling Trust, the Met Office and the Post Office, the government has launched fishinginfo.co.uk to push angling nationwide.

The site includes information about fishing spots, weather, water levels, as well as info on buying a rod licence and where to buy that elusive reel you’ve always hankered after.

Sarah Chare, who is the head of fisheries at the Environment Agency, described the website as a “fantastic resource for all anglers”.

She said that the web site is an example of how money made from rod licensing goes back to help those who go fly fishing and the rest.

Dog licences no longer exist, but a coarse and trout rod licence costs £27 a year and you can buy it online from the Post Office website, she said.

Mark Lloyd, from the Angling Trust, said anglers looking to get back into fishing after bringing up children and the like, will get all the info they need from the web site.